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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,483 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dexter Filkins Narrator: Dexter Filkins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"How they happened and why, how they've succeeded and failed. The Forever War is not that kind of book: rather than argument or hand-wringing, Dexter Filkins offers us a kaleidoscopic tour of the great conflicts of our time. Through his eyes as a reporter on the ground, we witness the events that began with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, led to the September 11 attacks in 2001, and culminated in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."

The Forever War will provide a visceral understanding of the War on Terror, its victims, the people who fight it and the way these people feel. It captures the human experience - and tragedy - of war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning…This unforgettable narrative represents…a haunting spiritual witness that will make this volume a part of this awful war’s history.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Unflinching…Filkins confronts the absurdity of war head-on…This is a page-turner, and one of the most astounding books yet written about the war in Iraq.”


  • “Thanks to one reporter’s heroic act of witness and brilliant recitation of what he saw, we can see the war as it is, and for ourselves.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Not since Michael Herr in Dispatches…has a reporter written as vividly about combat as Filkins does from Afghanistan and Iraq.”

    USA Today

  • The Forever War…achieves a gripping, raw immediacy.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Splendid.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Dexter Filkins’s The Forever War is the best piece of war journalism I’ve ever read. He paints a portrait of war that is so nuanced, so filled with absurdities and heartbreak and unexpected heroes and villains, that it makes most of what we see and hear about Iraq and Afghanistan seem shrill and two-dimensional by comparison. And yet, as tragic as the events he describes are, the book manages to be a thing of towering beauty.”


  • “Dexter Filkins’s The Forever War, brutally intimate, compassionate, often poetic accounts of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, is destined to become a classic.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Extraordinary…If what Michael Herr brought back from Vietnam in Dispatches was a sort of Jackson Pollock—streaks of blood, trickles of dread, splattershot of hard rock and harder drugs—The Forever War is like a pointillist Seurat, a neo-Impressionist juxtaposition of spots of pure color with black holes and open wounds.”


  • “The definitive—and heartbreakingly humanizing—report from the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan…The Forever War [is] about all wars, everywhere—and a book that will be read fifty years from now.”


  • “Dexter Filkins is one of war writings’ modern marvels, a writer of tremendous gifts and appropriate grit to go where others will not.”

    Associated Press

  • “A kaleidoscope of images and intensity…It is written in finely honed bursts of vibrant color that capture the peculiar culture of the war…It is a raw and riveting account…His honesty in portraying the war implicitly exposes the hollowness of the platitudes used in Washington to defend it.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Rich with details both grotesque and sublime…The Forever War is a masterpiece of nuance.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Dexter Filkins…is well on his way to becoming the preeminent war reporter of this tumultuous era…His understated prose offers a stiletto-sharp account of places he’s gone and people he’s met.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “Wonderfully written and carefully researched…Filkins’s meticulous attention to detail and his bravery…[are] evident on every page…The Forever War…serves as a powerful lesson in what it takes to cover the complexities of war…[Dexter Filkins] has put himself in the middle of this madness to deliver a stunning and illuminating story.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • A 2008 ALA Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2008
  • Winner of the 2008 Cornelius Ryan Award
  • A 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest
  • Winner of the 2009 Colby Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction
  • A 2008 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2008 Washington Post Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2008 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2008 Guardian Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction
  • A 2008 USA Today Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2008 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Nonfiction
  • Selected for the October 2008 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Gail O'Dea | 2/20/2014

    " One reviewer says that every war has a book like this and this is THE one for Afghanistan and Iraq. It is not theory or opinion, but a day-by-day by a reporter embedded with troops. It is a book about he little triumphs and the little terrors experience by our sons and daughters overseas and by our Iraqi fellow planet dwellers. It is moving, it is important, it is gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brad | 2/7/2014

    " This book was devastating. Filkins delivers his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq right to you, in a raw and straightforward way. It gives you the feeling that there's a spider web of people and cultures and nations involved in this struggle, but the web is fractured at every intersection, completely disconnected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 1/23/2014

    " Excellent, thought-provoking read. As I read this book I found myself swimming in memories as these wars have been part of my life for so long. Filkins is an excellent writer. I found that he was able to describe things as they were without interjecting much (if any) political leanings. Anyone wanting a more clear understanding of what war looks like should consider this book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Helen | 1/22/2014

    " gives you great perspective on what is going on in the middle east. it seems unbiased, but one can never be too sure. it is amazingly written and certainly a page-turner. "

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